There are 3 very common house pests that you might encounter in your every day life: earwigs, silverfish, and house centipedes. All of these insects are not harmful to people as they do not carry diseases; they are mainly nuisance pests.

Earwigs get their names from the old wives tale claiming that these insects would crawl into people’s ears and tunnel into their brains. This is not true! Typically, these little guys are found living together outdoors in large numbers, but when provoked by the need for food or a change in weather, they may infiltrate households. Once inside, they are found near water sources, such as bathrooms, laundry rooms, and kitchens. Although earwig pinchers can look intimidating, they are only known to pinch if picked up and agitated. Sealing exterior cracks and crevices, as well as attic and foundation vents, will help prevent earwigs from entering your home. Removing harborage sites such as leaf or mulch piles will also help.

Silverfish get their name from their silvery, metallic appearance and fish-like shape and movements. Silverfish usually feed on paper items, glue, clothing, and food items, such as flour and rolled oats. They can be found almost anywhere in a house, but prefer areas that are humid and moist. Some key prevention tips would be to repair leaky pipes and drains, eliminate or repair any moldy or wet wood, and possibly get a dehumidifier.

House centipedes are basically tiny exterminators that help get rid of other pests. They feed on insects such as cockroaches, spiders, termites, bed bugs, silverfish, etc. House centipedes like a cool, damp environment, so you might spot them in garages, basements, or bathrooms. They are not considered dangerous to people, although a bite may occur if they are picked up or handled. They can enter the house under doors, through cracks or improperly sealed windows.

Althought these common household pests are not harmful to people, the Bugyman Exterminators is more than happy to help you eliminate these nuisance pests. Give us a call today!